Remember Richie Ashburn telling a story about his last game as a player. 1962 with the Mets and the season ended with the Mets hitting into a triple play. They finished with 120 losses, still a record. Whitey always laughed when he told the story, “Casey Stengel was our manager and he told us after the game, ‘Fellas, this was a total team effort. No one individual could have done this.’”
In a way, that sums up the Phillies season which now pauses for a four-day All-Star Game break. Over the course of the season it has been all phases of the game, starting pitching, bullpen, offense, clutch hitting, defense and even base running. Consistently inconsistent, if that makes sense.
So, now they are under .500 at the All-Star Game break for only the fourth time in the last 15 years and first time since 2006.
There are a lot of numbers that jump out but here are my top three:
**17-27 at home, matching the Padres for the poorest home record in the NL.
**10-25 since Doc went on the DL on May 29. Phillies were 26-25 at the time.
**0-36 when trailing after seven innings.
Friday night in Denver starts the post-All-Star Game segment. There are more games to be played. Second-half surges have been a strength under Charlie. They need another one, a monumental one. Got to keep battling.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley was held to 1 run on Friday night, was shut out on Saturday and the first game on Sunday and scored in only one inning in Sunday’s second game, but it was a 7-spot in the second inning, featuring three-run homers by Pete Orr and Michael Martinez. RHS Tyler Cloyd tossed 6 shutout innings in Sunday’s first game and will start for the IL in Wednesday’s All-Star Game in Buffalo against the Pacific Coast League.
**Reading lost all three in Richmond, ending the week at 1-6. LF Leandro Castro was 6-13, boosting his average to a club-high .317. FirstEnergy Stadium hosts the AA All-Star Game on Wednesday night. RHP Jordan Whatcott was added to the All-Star team, the ninth Reading Phillies player.
**Clearwater won 1 of 3 on the road, that coming on Sunday at Brevard County behind RHS Brody Colvin (5-4), 1 earned run, 6 innings.
**Lakewood also won 1 of 3 on the road, that also coming on Sunday. 1B Chris Duffy hit a grand slam in sparking the 7-5 win in West Virginia.
**Williamsport, ditto, 1 of 3 on the road, the win, 11-8, on Sunday in Staten Island. CF Brian Pointer hit a grand slam in the first inning and came back with a two-run homer in the next inning.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair against the Pirates on Friday and beat them on Saturday. C Willians Astudillo continues to lead the club in hitting, .457.
July 9, 1953: RHP Robin Roberts’ streak of 28 consecutive complete games ends when he is relieved by RHP Bob Miller in the eighth inning vs. Brooklyn at Connie Mack Stadium. The Phils score two in the bottom of the eighth for a 6-5 win. Roberts began his streak on August 28, 1952. This season in the NL, three teams have no complete games and three others have one each.
July 9, 1957: LHP Curt Simmons is the starting hurler in the All-Star Game at St. Louis, the seventh straight year in which a Phillies pitcher has started the game (Robin Roberts 5, Simmons 2).
July 9, 1967: 3B Dick Allen becomes the first player to hit a home run over the center field fence between stands and flag pole at Connie Mack Stadium since the fence was raised to 32 feet in 1934. Blow comes off RHP Nelson Briles in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.
July 9, 1996: RHP Ricky Bottalico pitches a scoreless fifth inning as the NL defeats the AL, 6-0, at the Vet in the 67th All-Star Game before 62,670 fans.
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